Charles Blondin, a French circus star, electrified American audiences throughout the 1850s with his thrilling performances walking a tightrope. And he attained enduring fame by walking across the Niagara River within sight of the famous falls on a tightrope in 1859.
Blondin's feat was witnessed by thousands of fans who had gathered along the cliffs overlooking the river as he set out on hemp cord stretched across a span of 1,100 feet.
These vintage images depict Blondin's amazing tightrope performances at Niagara Falls.
|Blondin||Testing the Wire||Blondin On the Tightrope||Blondin Carried a Man|
|Spectators Watched Blondin||View of the Tightrope||Blondin's Feat Illustrated||Blondin as an Ape|
|Blondin on Stilts||Lincoln as Blondin||Blondin at the Crystal Palace||Maria Spelterina|
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